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russell is at the live december week breaking news from the pentagon. >>> we learned the pentagon plans to extend certain benefits to gay and lesbian military families. it is unclear which benefits will be extended. the military is limited because of the 1996 defense of marriage act. it would be the final imprint of secretary of defense leon panetta under his tenure don't ask, don't tell was rescinded and decision to allow women to serve in combat. military is expected to announce the changes sometime later this week. >>> he survive ad frightening ordeal but things are slowly returning to normal for the 5-year-old boy rescued yesterday from an underground bunker in alabama. she back home this afternoon and right now is expected to return to school soon. meanwhile, plenty of questions remain about how authorities freed him from his kidnapper. as chris clackum reports, though, a few dee tails, few details, have emerged. >> reporter: from the principal at midland city elementary school in alabama, everybody is waiteding the return of 5 old kidnapped victim ethan. >> everybody knows ethan.
in the city. >> today the pentagon informed hundreds of thousands of civilians how they will be impacted. jennifer johnson on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> good afternoon, jim. congress has just over a week to come up with a deficit reduction plan. if not, these cuts will go into effect which will greatly impact the pentagon. . the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we'll have serious readiness effects. these are legally binding limits. we will have to cut back on training significantly. >> in a letter to congress, defense secretary leone panetta said the vast majority of the department's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a week. in essence a 20% pay cut. new secretary of state john kerry warned of global consequences. >> in these days of looming budget sequester, that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. >>
. >> the pentagon makes good on a promise today. how they're reaching out to same-sex couples in the military. >>> an atlantic city casino, >>> coming up next, police take new steps to find a killer who brutally beat an elderly woman. we're right back. >>> welcome back at 4:30, i'm jim handly. >> his decision is being praised around the world as honest and courageous. the pope's announcement today stunned the world when he said he will step down at the end of the month. pope benedict xiv says he's too old and too frail to lead his flock. the last time the pope did not die in office was the year 1415. >>> this is what it looked like when a tornado tore through hattiesburg, mississippi last night. the twister destroyed hundreds of homes and cars, knocked down trees, left a trail of debris. 60 people were hurt, but luckily no one was killed. >>> getting off to a cold start again tonight with more wind. >> veronica has the latest. >>> well, we're going to be dropping down into the 30s tonight. we stand at 54 degrees right now. we have overcast skies, but we are seeing some clearing. you can see t
riders are having to use a different entrance to the pentagon station. the south entrance is closed for the never several months while the three escalators are replaced. metro says the original escalators are 18 years old, and replacement parts aren't available. the north entrance will be open during all that work. >>> better bring your appetite. how you can get a free breakfast tomorrow. >>> but i want you back or that or this. ♪ >> and find out which super bowl commercials were a hit and which ones missed th (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (woman) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because everyone deserves a lifetime. visit to register or to request more information today. ♪ burning like a fire ♪ building up from deep inside it was 3 days of pure joy. susan g. komen's investments in early detection an
people? >> reporter: meanwhile, it's 15 days under drastic cuts on pentagon spending. and social services, sequestration automatic if there's no budget deal. the senate gop leader set the president should have proposed a deficit plan that the republicans could buy. >> instead we got gimmicks and tax hikes. just one more plan from the president that's designed to fail so he can blame others. >> reporter: mr. obama has failed to get the minimum wage to $9.50. that was his goal, but it was hiked in 2009 from $6.55. the president today didn't mention the sequester cuts that many up here on both sides of the aisle fear might be inevitable. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> it appears the former commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan will not be the next leader of nato troops in europe. military sources tell nbc news that general john allen will withdraw his name from consideration of that post. sources say he doesn't want to drag hi family through the nomination process because of the e-mails he exchanged with socialite jill kelly. he was cleared of any wrongdoing after the e-mai
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